Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A granddaughter and grandmother who survived Auschwitz reflect on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

Athena and Jan - Disability: Part of the Human Condition

Athena and Jan - Disability: Part of the Human Condition

Station: BBC London 94.9

Athena, who has athetoid cerebral palsy, discusses disability with her mother Jan.

Rachel and Mandy - Keep On Running

Rachel and Mandy - Keep On Running

Station: BBC London 94.9

Rachel and Mandy's route to the end of a charity run was slightly different to others'.

Rachel and Mandy - Losing a Child

Rachel and Mandy - Losing a Child

Station: BBC London 94.9

After Rachel lost her daughter suddenly, her friendship with Mandy became closer.

Harry Potter and the new school spell - Grace and Marie

Harry Potter and the new school spell - Grace and Marie

Station: BBC Radio Devon

What can Hogwarts teach Grace and Marie about changing schools?

We had to go where the work was: Kenneth and Patricia

We had to go where the work was: Kenneth and Patricia

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Kenneth and Patricia reflect on difficult times in Pakistan, shortly after Partition.

Too Good For Me: Katrina and Steven

Too Good For Me: Katrina and Steven

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Katrina and Steven discuss how their disabilities never stood in the way of true love.

Finding Love in Orkney: William and Elizabeth

Finding Love in Orkney: William and Elizabeth

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

When William and Elizabeth moved to Orkney as business partners, love soon followed...